I have always been obsessed with magazines. When I was a child, I loved Horizons and Cricket. As a teen I loved reading up on my favorite celeb crushes in pubs like TeenBeat and Seventeen. Today I aim for a more decidedly adult literary palette, with fashion magazines galore (my two favorites are Lucky and InStyle), Scientific Mind, The New Yorker (when I have down time to read the lengthy but always amazing articles) and yes, US Magazine (don’t judge!).
I have moved beyond the Freedom Filer system I instituted months back and gone completely digital for all magazine clippings.
Now within 15 minutes I have skimmed my magazine to my heart’s content, ripped out any pages I want to refer to again, scanned them, imported them into Evernote and can toss the paper copies. No longer must I stare at looming piles of old magazines, taunting me. In just a quick search, I’ll be able to find what I’m looking for in Evernote, thanks to its magical OCR technology. It’s a habit I want to apply to other areas of my life overrun with paper clutter. There’s just something so calming about looking at a clean desk without distractions.
How do you manage your paper clutter? Do you have any systems you’ve found useful? Unclutterer has some great guidelines for what documents to keep in paper form and which to shred that I refer to regularly. Share your own wisdom in the comments!